One of the most important factors in studying properly is choosing where you can study more effectively. Many students sell themselves short from the very beginning by choosing to study in places such as their dorm room, their bed, the dorm lobby, and other places which are not always the most conducive to achieve effective studying.

Considerations in choosing the perfect study place include finding a spot that is quiet, free of distractions, and not too populated. Basically, it is best to study in a place that provides the conditions that will encourage you to do nothing but study.

Taking these factors into consideration, it almost seems that you would be best off studying in a room with four walls, a table, some chairs, and bright light! Well, believe it or not, that is the best environment to study.

Distractions are always the largest obstacle to achieve proper studying. They can come in many forms and easily overhwlem you as a student since they compete for your energies and your need to study.

If you are in an environment that contains the key factors that will help you focus on only studiying, you are then much more likely to actually study. And when you are actually studying, you are far more likely to retain the information you are reviewing.

Some of you are no doubt thinking, “Well, my dorm room is comfortable and I do not have to walk anywhere. Can't I just study there?” Well, this question cannot be answered by anyone else but you. You must know yourself by measuring your own personal strengths and weaknesses to determine if studying in your dorm room would be best for you.

Here are some questions that will help you understand yourself better:

If you find yourself answering “yes” to even one of these questions, you would be wise to strongly consider studying in a place that is filled with less distractions and, therefore, more likely to help you study far more effectively.

So, should you study in your dorm room? Please know that I am not necessarily telling you that you should or should not. I am, however, simply raising a few points to consider. In the end, it is you who needs to figure out what works best for you. The goal is to find (or to create, as much as possible) a study environment that will help you to concentrate and process the study material well. Remember, everyone is different, and what might work for you may not work for someone else. Let us know in the comments section what you discover about what works best for you.

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This article was written by: Anik Singal

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